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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual with a relevant clinical registration (nursing, OT, social work) to join the Peterborough community mental health team for older adults. We are a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team embedded within an exciting Integrated Care model. We provide patient focused, evidence-based mental health interventions and assessment for people aged 65 and above, with a range of Functional and Organic mental health illness. You will manage a caseload of service users, delivering a range of clinical skills and therapeutic and recovery-based interventions.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic and sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times. We support agile working and promote regular supervision and continued professional development. You will mainly be covering Peterborough City and on occasion the surrounding villages. Therefore, successful applicants will need to be able to travel independently and in a timely manner.

Main duties of the job

Mental Health practitioners in Neighbourhood Teams will provide assessment and interventions for people with significant mental health conditions including dementia and functional mental health illnesses.

Offer training, advice and guidance to colleagues in the neighbourhood team on common mental health conditions.

Participate in Neighbourhood Team MDT meetings and ensure key information is recorded in shared care plans.

Work closely with the mental health integrated care team in order to provide an excellent and holistic mental health service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • Assessment of mental health needs
  • Delivery of mental health interventions for both service users and their carers in accordance with mental health care pathways for dementia and functional illness.
  • To supervise and assess the use of prescribed medications according to professional guidelines and policies. To be familiar with therapeutic and side effects of prescribed medication and observe statutory and local policies in the prescribing, storage and administration of medications.
  • To develop the professional role within the neighbourhood teams and To offer guidance and support to colleague within the neighbourhood teams
  • To offer training and development of skills in working with common mental health conditions within the neighbourhood team
  • To contribute to local multi-disciplinary team reviews and care planning for identified service users
  • To provide support to people on discharge from hospital
  • To work closely with colleagues in the mental health integrated care team and the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment to ensure smooth transitions of care and joint work.
  • Ability to work flexible including working outside core hours if clinically required.
  • Desirable but not essential - To practice as a supplementary non medical prescriber (with appropriate qualification) providing specialist advice in non medical prescribing and medicine management policy line with Trusts non medical prescribing policy.

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Relevant professional registered qualification(registered mental health nurse or Occupational Therapist
    • Training in supervision and appraisal
    • Post qualifying training
    • Degree level nurse
    • Non -medical prescribing qualification
    Experience Essential
    • Significant relevant experience in working within a mental health service
    • Experience of working with older people with mental heath needs
    • Registered student mentor
    • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff
    • Experience of working with an older people's community mental health service
    • Have an experience of mental health challenges
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Excellent clinical skill in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues
    • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties
    • Experience as safeguarding lead
    • Experience of doing best interest assessments
    • Experience of working with nursing home and care providers

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